Archive for April, 2012

Reaction to release of British colonial files

Posted in APPG, conservation, ECHR, FCO, Legal, MPA, Parliament, Philippa Gregory, Wikileaks, William Hague on April 23rd, 2012 by Mark Fitzsimons – Be the first to comment

The release of colonial files by the Forieign and Commonwelath Office, some referring to the expulsion of the Chagos Islanders, has provoked a strong reaction as well as suspicion about the validity of previously-released documets. Key points are raised in letters published by the Guardian under the theme Conspiracies and the legacy of empire.

British colonial files released following legal challenge

Posted in ECHR, FCO, Philippa Gregory, Uncategorized, William Hague on April 21st, 2012 by Mark Fitzsimons – Be the first to comment

Secret files from British colonial rule – once thought lost – have been released by the government, one year after they came to light in a High Court challenge to disclose them. Some of the papers cover controversial episodes, including the expulsion of the Chagossians from their homeland. They also reveal efforts to destroy and reclassify sensitive files. The Foreign Office says it is now releasing “every paper” it can. But academics say the Foreign Office’s “failure” to deliver the archive for decades has created a “legacy of suspicion”.

The first batch of papers reveals efforts to deport Chagos islanders from the British Indian Ocean Territories and was discussed on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 18th April 2012, where Philippa Gregory, a Patron of the UK Chagos Support Association, commented:

“They are perfectly clear that they are lying. One official talks about telling a whopping fib or even a little fib, depending on how many [Chagossians] they are trying to pretend don’t exist.

It’s this kind of sporty, jolly hockey sticks attitude, like it’s all a bit of a game; like we are still in the Empire; like it’s a bit of fun to go to a foreign country, destroy their lives…The decision that was taken on this day, that has never been rescinded, destroyed the lives of that community.”

Sealand v Chagos on Saturday 5 May

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15th, 2012 by Robert Bain – Be the first to comment

There’s a rare chance to see international (sort of) football in Surrey’s Godalming Town FC next month. The Chagos Islands team will play the Principality of Sealand on Saturday 5 May.

Kick off is at 2:30, it’s £3 to get in, including a programme and access to the clubhouse afterwards to watch the FA Cup Final.

28,000 signatures and counting

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12th, 2012 by Robert Bain – 1 Comment

The petition to the US government demanding justice for the Chagossians has passed the 25,000 mark – meaning we’ll get an answer from the Obama administration!

In fact, it’s now reached more than 28,000. Keep sharing the link and let’s see how many more we can get.

More from Sean Carey in the New Statesman here.